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    Dick Deschaine, who never attended college, served as the Packers’ punter from 1955 to 1957 and was essentially the first kicking specialist in team history. In his first two seass, the NFL roster limit was 33 before it was increased to 35 in 1957. Thus, Deschaine, who stood 6 foot 1 and weighed 210 pounds, was also the Packers’ third offensive end his first two seass, although he never caught a pass in a regular seas game. Deschaine’s punting average in Green Bay was 42.6 yards. He finished secd in the NFL in punting his first two seass and sixth in his third year. “He certainly is a natural punter and e of the finest kickers I have seen in this league,” Jack Vainisi, Packers talent scout at the time, wrote in a letter in 1956. The Packers traded Deschaine to the Cleveland Browns for a draft choice four days before the 1958 opener. He punted e year for the Browns, finished sixth in the league Lane Taylor Jersey, and was cut the next year. A native of Menominee, Mich., Deschaine was a high school football star there, graduating in 1949, and later played semipro ball for the Marinette Menominee Hornets, members of the Wiscsin State Football League. The Packers signed Deschaine after Max McGee, their punter in 1954, was called into service.

    whether he got any coaching in the pros “No. Scooter McLean worked with me as far as an offensive end. But I had no coaching as far as punting the ball. Ne whatsoever.”

    Blackbourn, the Packers’ head coach from 1954 57 “He liked me a lot. That’s why I liked him. I’ll never forget, he said, ‘Hey Dick, you’re doing a heck of a job.’ He told me I was the best punter he had ever seen in his life. He was a darn good coach. You go back and look 10 years later after he got fired and what guys did, the Packers w because of him and his drafting.”

    Blackbourn’s issues with other players “Fundamentally, he was very good… But he was always off by himself, it seemed… Yeah, other players called him, ‘The Lizard.’ He was very serious. He was a disciplinarian, but didn’t yell or scream much. Paul Brown was a much tougher coach in Cleveland.”

    Vainisi “Jack Vainisi was quite a guy. I liked him and he liked me a lot.”

    Rote, the Packers’ starting quarterback in 1955 and ‘56 “He was a big guy. He could run the ball. But they expected so much out of him, he was doing everything. He was a very good leader. Had a very strg arm. He was kind of clumsy fast. He just loved to run. He could throw the ball easily 70 yards.”

    halfback Al Carmichael, a Packers Hall of Famer who played from 1953 58 “He was fast. He set a record against the Bears, 106 yards a kickoff return. It didn’t seem like he was going that fast, but he was always beating everybody. Nobody could catch him.”

    halfback Veryl Switzer, who played from 1954 55, missed two seass while he was in the Air Force and was waived when he returned in 1958 “He was quick. Small, but a hard runner. When he came back from service, he didn’t make the team he was so far out of shape.”

    kicker fullback Fred Ce, a Packers Hall of Famer who played from 1951 57 “Great placekicker. No, not much of a runner.”

    fullback Howie Fergus, a Packers Hall of Famer who played from 1953 58 “He was a tough, tough runner. He was the best around at the time except for the guy from Wiscsin, ‘Horse’ Ameche. Fergie always thought he could beat him and I guess Ameche thought the same way. Fergus was from Louisiana and he was just a tough, tough dude. He liked to hurt people.”

    halfback Joe Johns, who played from 1954 58 “He wasn’t great at anything, but a good utility man. Very good receiver. Not fast. He played in the backfield.”

    middle linebacker Tom Bettis, who started ahead of Ray Nitschke in 1958, ’59 and for parts of the 1960 and ’61 seass “He was very good. He was a No. 1 draft choice in 1956 . Strg. Heavy duty guy. Bettis was much better than No. 66, by far. Nitschke thought he was so good and was always bragging about this and that, but he didn’t accomplish anything the first few years. He turned out to be a great e, but it took him quite awhile to learn the system.”

    Scooter McLean, assistant coach from 1951 57 and head coach in 1958 “His health was really bad. He had ulcers from day e. All he could drink was milk. We kind of felt sorry for him. He’d throw up a lot, too. He worked me for three years. He was in charge of the ends. We liked him. He was a good teacher.”

    McLean’s coaching style “Nchalant. He was more or less a buddy. If you walked by him, he’d start a cversati. Very, very friendly with the players. He was well liked. He’d play cards in the dormitory at training camp, stop in and shoot the bull.”

    getting traded to Cleveland in 1958 “When I got traded to Cleveland, it was between me and Jim Taylor a rookie that year . He was so strg, but they’d tell him to go through the No. 2 hole and he’d run through the No. 4 hole or 6 hole. He couldn’t get the system. He was a darn good ballplayer, but everything took so lg for him to understand. They were really thinking about getting rid of him. But I was the last e to leave to make room for him.”

    getting cut by the Browns in 1959 “I got hurt in a preseas game. I tackled somebody and a cleat hit me in the leg. That night it blew up and the next day I had it operated . I couldn t do anything for two weeks and I was just a punter. I didn’t know this, but Paul Brown told people I had a broken leg. Weeb Ewbank coach of the Colts called and said, ‘Dick, I hear you have a broken leg.’ I said, ‘Who told you that?’ He said, ‘That’s the word around the Natial Football League.’ I said, ‘No way. I’m fine. I could play right now.’ He said, ‘Well, why d’t you come? We’ll get you a train.’ I said, ‘Listen, I’ve got a good job. I’m working for Miller Brewing Co.’ I had a couple kids, married and the mey wasn’t there. So I said, ‘Forget it.’ You know what happened? They the Colts w the champiship with Johnny Unitas and that bunch. I should have been there.”